2016 USC Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 USC Recruiting Class: Clay Helton didn’t have a whole bunch of openings and scholarships to offer, but he got his share of four and five-star talents in the smallish class. It’s about quality with this group, not quantity.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 USC Football Recruiting Class: Clay Helton brought in a great first class, getting share of four and five-star talents. It’s about quality with this group, not quantity..


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    USC Football Recruiting Class Overview


    It looked like an averega class early on, and then it all kicked into gear. Clay Helton and the coaching staff were able to bring in some superstars at a level no one else could get. There just weren’t a lot of bodies brought in, mainly because the 2015 class was so huge. Next year will be when the Trojans really need to rock, even though this was hardly a down haul of talent.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Pass catchers. It’s not a huge class, but the stars are at receiver starting with Tyler Vaughns – potentially the nation’s top WR recruit – if he stays on offense. The same goes for Jack Jones, a multi-talented speedster who could work as a defensive back or a top target. He has next-level talent as a defensive back possibility, too. With Josh Imatorbhebhe out of Georgia and Velus Jones out of Alabama, USC was able to have a national reach for his corps. 6-7, 230-pound TE Cary Angeline wasn’t a bad pickup, either.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    DE Oluwole Betiku, 6-4, 239 – Vaughns would be the star of just about any other class, but Betiku is a special end with a world of upside once he figures it out. Really, really raw, he hasn’t played football for all that long, but the talent and speed are there to become a devastating pass rusher with a few years of refinement and work. LSU, Notre Dame, Florida State and Texas A&M were the hottest suitors, but he’s going to eventually be a superstar for the Trojans.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The defensive line. The Trojans lose three of the four starters up front including tackles Delvon Simmons and Antwaun Woods. The secondary will be great, and the offense should be tremendous as long as a quarterback can step up and replace Cody Kessler – if it’s not Max Browne. This isn’t a class build for ready-made defensive linemen, but it wasn’t necessary with plenty of young options waiting to step in.

    2016 USC Football Recruiting Class

    Cary Angeline TE 6-6 230 Chester Springs, PA (Dowington East)
    Oluwole Betiku DL 6-3 250 Lagos, Nigeria (Serra)
    Jamel Cook DB 6-3 185 Miami, FL (Miami Central)
    Josh Fatu DL 6-3 290 Long Beach, CA (Lakewood/Long Beach CC)
    Matt Fink QB 6-3 180 Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Glendora)
    Josh Imatorbhebhe WR 6-2 210 Suwanee, GA (North Gwinnett)
    Jordan Iosefa LB 6-2 215 Waipahu, HI (St. Louis)
    Liam Jimmons DL 6-5 265 Huntington Beach, CA (Huntington Beach)
    Jack Jones DB 5-11 170 Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly)
    Velus Jones Jr. WR 6-0 185 Saraland, AL (Saraland)
    Vavae Malepeai RB 6-0 190 Aiea, HI (Mililani)
    Frank Martin II OL 6-5 310 West Covina, CA (Mater Dei)
    Connor Murphy DL 6-7 255 Mesa, AZ (Brophy Prep)
    Michael Pittman Jr. WR 6-4 210 Woodland Hills, CA (Oaks Christian)
    C.J. Pollard DB 6-1 185 Carson, CA (Serra)
    E.J. Price OL 6-6 325 Dacula, GA (Archer)
    Trevon Sidney WR 5-11 170 Covina, CA (Bishop Amat)
    Nathan Smith OL 6-6 265 Murrieta, CA (Murrieta Mesa)
    Tyler Vaughns WR 6-2 180 Covina, CA (Bishop Amat)
    Keyshawn Young ATH 5-11 175 Miami, FL (Miami Senior)

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